According to the EQSQ I have an extreme male brain, more male than 94% of the population, which personally I think is quite impressive for a girl. However, what comes with that is a rather large helping of alexithymia, which is not knowing how you feel or how to explain it to others. It seemes to be part of having Asperger’s Syndrome. I don’t know if this is a bit like what it is like to be a neurotypical male, but I certainly get rather pissed off if people want me to tell them how I feel.
I know I’m sad when I want to hug people. I tend to discover what I’m sad about because I cry when I talk about it.
I know I’m happy when I have a strong desire to say ‘squee‘ and clap my fingers together. I find out that I am happy about something because people tell me, “you started smiling when you said that”.
I find it *so* helpful when other people tell me how I *look* like I feel, but very few people do. So if I look upset one day, help my hemispheres to communicate: tell me I look upset and ask me if my right hemisphere is giving a thumbs up.
© Catastraspie, 2011.